Pathology Research Takes Off

Pathology Research Takes Off


[MUSIC] Most researchers
work in the lab. [SOUND]
But Jons Hopkins Pathologist Timothy
Amukele is conducting his research in the sky. That’s because his experiments
involve transporting blood sample through
the use of drones.>>They are cheap. They can go where they are no
roads and they are fast.>>But drone carrier system
is not just pie in the sky. Timothy thinks the research
will eventually save lives.>>In lot of places the. There’s a issue of access. So people need
laboratory testing, but they can’t get the samples
to the laboratory.>>That’s especially true in
remote countries like Uganda and Kenya, where crumbling
roads are so bad it’s difficult to transport
humans, let alone blood samples. And even if the vials make it to
the lab unbroken, the constant shaking and bumping can make
the blood inside unusable.>>This technology is one thing,
having the drone is one thing. What we need to figure out
is the entire ecosystem to work behind. For example, we have a car. But a car needs roads,
it needs stop signs, it needs gas stations,
it needs that whole ecosystem. So what we did is we did
an experiment here in Baltimore. Well we took from
each volunteer, we took paired samples.>>Okay, we’re good.>>One of those sets
got flown in the drone.>>Ready.
>>[INAUDIBLE]>>Over about 30 miles and then we brought them back and compared the samples that
had been flown to the ones. That did not fly. The ones that just stood
on the ground, and basically the results
were the same.>>With the experiment
completed, Timothy will soon head to Africa where he believes
his ideas will take off, helping communities in need and delivering hope through
the friendly skies.

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